A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay by), Michael Herr (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Pvt. Joker
Adam Baldwin ... Animal Mother
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Pvt. Pyle
R. Lee Ermey ... Gny. Sgt. Hartman (as Lee Ermey)
Dorian Harewood ... Eightball
Kevyn Major Howard ... Rafterman (as Kevyn Major-Howard)
Arliss Howard ... Pvt. Cowboy
Ed O'Ross ... Lt. Touchdown
John Terry ... Lt. Lockhart
Kieron Jecchinis ... Crazy Earl
Kirk Taylor ... Payback
Tim Colceri ... Doorgunner
Jon Stafford ... Doc Jay (as John Stafford)
Bruce Boa ... Poge Colonel
Ian Tyler Ian Tyler ... Lt. Cleves
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Storyline

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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An Epic Story of the Vietnam War [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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In his memoir, Matthew Modine recalled a day where he asked Stanley Kubrick's permission to leave the set because his pregnant wife was scheduled to have a C-section, and he didn't have scenes planned for that day. Kubrick didn't want him to leave the set, claiming that he would just pass out from the blood and get in the way of the doctors. It wasn't until Modine threatened to cut his own hand in order to get to the hospital that Kubrick relented and allowed him to leave (by making him promise to "come back immediately after it's done"). See more »

Goofs

When Crazy Earl holds his rifle up after the initial attack on Hue City, the magazine disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be "Sir". Do you maggots understand that?
Recruits: [In unison in a normal speaking tone] Sir, yes Sir.
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit, I can't hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!
Recruits: [In unison, much louder] SIR, YES SIR!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for ...
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Crazy Credits

End credits list a song performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs, misspelling the last word as "Pharoahs." This has not been corrected on any home video version of the movie. See more »

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Chapel Of Love
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector
Performed by The Dixie Cups
By Arrangement with Shelby Singleton Enterprises c/o Original Sound Entertainment
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Fascinating Despite Come-Down
18 July 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

The first half of "Full Metal Jacket" is so intensely entertaining that director Stanley Kubrick can be forgiven for the slight come-down that follows. The opening scenes draw us into the strict world of "maggots" training to join the ranks of real men, otherwise known as Marines. We see the characters humiliated, yelled at like children, beaten and, in one tragic case, broken down. It's an unpleasant yet fascinating place to visit from the comfort and safety of our living room couches. Yet once the action shifts to the Vietnam War, when you would expect even better, something is lost. The characters seem less real and the atmosphere less intriguing. Overall, however, there aren't many faults to find with this effort, but be forewarned that it's certainly not for younger viewers.


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UK | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,217,307, 28 June 1987

Gross USA:

$46,357,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,357,676
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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